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Off With Their Head! (Queen Marchesa Politics)

Commander / EDH Aikido Control Humans Multiplayer Pillow Fort RBW (Mardu)




"Those who seize power must have the means to hold it"

-Queen Marchesa

The main goal of this deck is to sit back and help your opponents kill each other, and if they don't comply...
Off with their head!
As soon as you play the queen a target will appear on your head as people turn their greedy eyes to your crown. These card should help you keep them at bay.
The queens word is law, and when that law is broken that person must be removed.
The main way this deck deals with creatures is pinging them with deathtouch.
To make sure your enemy's don't team up and take down all you have worked for, tempt them with shinny gifts or favors to gain their trust and pit them against each other.
Once all but one of your opponents have been eliminated it is time for you to smite down your final foe and claim your rightful victory.
This deck is still new and could use some improvements, suggestions are very welcome and appreciated.




DRmagic2017 says... #1

Coat of Arms can buff your opponents' creatures too. It seems that Adaptive Automaton and Metallic Mimic look better. Nice deck anyway. +1

April 17, 2017 6:52 p.m.

Exxie97 says... #2

Thanks DRmagic2017 for the suggestion but Coat of Arms gives a much more significant boost to my creatures when I need it, and yes it does give my opponents a boost too but that just makes them kill each other faster :).
Nevertheless thank you again for the suggestion.

April 17, 2017 7:23 p.m.

dlamars says... #3

Hey, I play a queen deck myself (Blink Monarch) although my overall strategy is a bit different than yours I'm curious about the pillowfort cards in your list. Multiple people have suggested Ghostly Prison type effects but it seems to me in playing I'd almost rather pass the crown around so I get a token and draw if possible, if not giving incentive to attack other players is good too. Do you think trying to hold onto Monarch is worth it?

April 20, 2017 5 a.m.

Exxie97 says... #4

Hi dlamars, in my opinion I would never give the monarch to someone else voluntarily. It just doesn't seem worth it to take damage, let them draw a card, and have to blink the queen just for a 1/1 deathtouch, unless I made some kind of deal with them beforehand. If you are in need of tokens try Martial Coup(it also functions as a board wipe which is great for your deck), or if you want the deathtouch try Archetype of Finality, or just go with Ophiomancer which give you both. Hope this helps.

April 20, 2017 5:56 a.m.

dlamars says... #5

Fair enough, I guess in the end I just enjoy the politics involved with passing Monarch around. Since the draw happens at end of turn it's not as big of a deal and most of the combo players I don't want drawing aren't able to take it from goodstuff/aggro decks. I'm also getting a little token crazy since preordering Anointed Procession ;). Anyways thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!

April 20, 2017 11:29 a.m.

First, nice deck. I enjoy seeing what everyone is doing with Queen Marchesa.

Second, a suggestion. How much value are you getting out of Alesha, Who Smiles at Death. She seems to support only a few of your creatures, and most of them are neither ETB value or even any good at attacking. Knight-Captain of Eos gets you a couple of extra tokens, but Hanweir Garrison doesn't even get you anything, because it ETB attacking, it triggers on a whenever Hanwier Garrison attacks, so the trigger is skipped, and hence there is no value there. Your deck doesn't seem to take advantage of Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, and this value engine could be strengthened, or you could gain more from another card in that slot.

Third, I have some commentary regarding The Monarch. There are situations where having it circulate the table is the best play. There are other times when keeping it for yourself is the best play. I often find that early, you gain value out of The Monarch circulating, because you have other cards to play, and the relative value of the extra card is less. You also gain value early by dropping Rattlesnake Assassin tokens that can be used for both offense and for regaining The Monarch later. In this time, you build your Pillow Fort and Rattlesnake army, and you let the other players fight over The Monarch. Once your fortress is built, take back The Monarch, and sit back and gain card advantage as your opponents finish each other off. Eliminate any threat to you with surgical removal, and wait to bring down the hammer on the final foe who has been weakened in his fight with the other players, a fight that you just watched from behind your walls as you gathered your strength. That is how The Monarch wins you games. It distracts others from repetitively attacking you early, and gains you card advantage later. You should be willing to play with it both ways, depending on where you are at in your game state.

So dlamars, you are right, passing it around can be advantageous. But only until you solidify your defense, and only if no single opponent gains too much advantage out of it. Allowing a single opponent to capitalize on The Monarch, or allowing them to take it back at will, will spell disaster. A solid Pillow fort, with cards like Ghostly Prison, Sphere of Safety, Windborn Muse, Sun Droplet, Delaying Shield, and Solitary Confinement can be very synergistic with The Monarch when it is played this way. I love my Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control deck, it is my all time favorite deck, and this interaction between The Monarch and a good Pillow Fort is a strong component of my strategy in that deck.

June 5, 2017 1:07 p.m.

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Date added 7 months
Last updated 6 months

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.47
Tokens 1/1 Elemental, 1/1 Human, 1/1 Assassin, 3/3 Ogre, Monarch, 1/1 Soldier, Elspeth
Folders Hmmmm. Fun., i like, Interesting decks, EDH
Top rank #49 on 2017-04-27
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6 months ago)

+1 Gisela, Blade of Goldnight maybe
+1 Nevinyrral's Disk maybe